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How to fix or replace the lock dial.


Many door knob and lockset problems can be corrected before they become so serious that the lockset does not work at all. Often, a malfunctioning latch assembly or lock mechanism causes the problem. An improperly functioning latch may be the result of a poorly fitting door. The lock mechanism may not work simply because the lock is dirty or dry and needs to be lubricated with graphite (do not use any type of oil because this will gum-up the works).
For serious lock problems, it is usually best to call a locksmith or to replace the lock entirely. Most interior door knobs are relatively inexpensive to replace; it doesn't really pay to have these professionally repaired unless they are special. You can buy door knobs online.

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Cylindrical Lockset Diagram
Exterior latches and locksets, on the other hand, can be very pricey. If you need a pro to fix problems with a high-quality door knob or lockset, removing the hardware and taking it to a locksmith is usually far less expensive than having the come to you.
Door Latch Is Misaligned If a door latch does not operate smoothly, the latch bolt on the door may not be lined up properly with the strike plate on the doorjamb. Repairs range from making minor latch adjustments to repositioning the door.
If the latch does not catch, close the door slowly to watch how the latch bolt meets the strike plate. The bolt may be positioned above, below, or to one side of the strike plate. (Scars on the strike plate will show where it is misaligned.) It is also possible the door has shrunk and the latch no longer reaches the strike plate. Once you have figured out the problem, try one of the methods shown here.
For less than a 1/8-inch misalignment of the latch bolt and strike plate, file the inside edges of the plate to enlarge the opening.

If the latch does not reach the strike plate, shim out the plate, or add another strike plate. If the latch still will not reach, shim out the door's hinges. Replace the door with a wider one as a last resort.
For more than a 1/8-inch misalignment, remove the strike plate and extend the mortise higher or lower as necessary. Replace the plate, fill the gap at the top or bottom with wood putty, and refinish.
Doorknob Is Loose Doorknobs may become loose over time. Methods of tightening them depend upon the type of lockset. You can tighten a simple interior mortise lockset like the one shown at left as follows:
1) Loosen the setscrew on the knob's shank.
2) Hold the knob on the other side of the door, and turn the loose knob clockwise until it fits snugly. Then tighten the screw until you feel it resting against the flat side of the spindle. The knob should turn freely.
3) If this does not help, remove the knob and check the spindle; if the spindle is worn, it must be replaced. If the whole lockset is worn, it is best to replace it entirely.
Door Lock & Key Problems Door latches and locks are somewhat complex pieces of hardware with several working parts that can go wrong and cause them to be unworkable or balky. For helpful do-it-yourself repair techniques for fixing common lock and latch problems, please see How to Repair Door Locks.

Door Key Doesn't Work

If your door key doesn't work right, the first and most obvious step is to be sure you're using the right key. Once you get the door open, try the key again. If it works easily, the deadbolt isn't engaging the strike plate properly. If it doesn't work any easier, lubricate the lock with graphite. Then spray a little graphite onto the key and try it several times.
If the key turns but doesn't unlock the lock, disassemble the lock so that you can be sure the cam or tang is properly engaged with the bolt. Replace any broken parts and reassemble the lock.
Is the lock frozen? If the key won't go into the lock, ask yourself if the weather is cold enough for the lock to be frozen. If it is, you can heat the key and insert it gradually into the keyway. Repeat heating and inserting the key until the ice has melted. Or you can use a lock de-icer, as discussed below under Door Lock Works Slowly.
Is the key new? A new key that won't go in or work properly may have rough spots that need to be filed off. To find them, hold the key over a candle to blacken it with soot and then turn it very slightly in the lock and remove it. File down any shiny areas where the soot was removed by the rough spots.


Door Lock Works Slowly

Exterior locks can freeze, interior locks get dirty, and small internal parts eventually wear out or break. Before you buy a replacement lock, try some quick remedies:
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Aerosol lock de-icer thaws and lubricates a frozen lock.
Put some graphite into the keyhole, either by squeezing it from a tube or dusting it onto a key, and then operate the lock a few times to work the graphite into the mechanism.
Lock de-icers contain alcohol and other lubricants that help to dissolve gummy, dirty deposits. The last resort is to disassemble the lock to see if something has jammed or is broken-you may be able to set it straight or replace the part without buying a whole new lock.

Entire Lock Cylinder Turns

A cylinder turns when the setscrew(s) meant to hold it in place become loose or broken.
Mortise lockset: Remove the faceplate (if there is one) at the door's edge and locate the one or two cylinder setscrews. They should be in line with the center of the cylinder. Tighten the setscrew(s) by turning clockwise-be sure they engage the slot that runs along the edge of the cylinder (the key slot should be perfectly vertical). Replace the faceplate.
Surface-mounted rim lock: Unscrew and remove the cover, called a "case." Tighten the cylinder setscrews. Replace the case.

Lock Doesn't Latch Properly

When a door latch doesn't click into position, it usually means the latch and the strike plate are out of alignment. Tighten the hinge screws and then try adjusting the strike plate by loosening its screws and shifting it slightly.
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If door latch doesn't align, adjust the position of the strike plate.
When possible, it's easier to file the slot in the strike plate a little bit so that it will receive the latch. Shifting the strike plate's position usually involves mortising the jamb, filling part of the old mortise, and so forth. You can also solve misalignment by replacing the strike plate with an adjustable one.
A latch can stick for many reasons, most of which are easily fixed. Check that the hinge screws are tight. If the door is out of alignment, the latch will bind. Also check the knob and lock assembly for loose screws or misalignment. Finally, look closely at the strike on the door jamb-if it's blocked or out of adjustment, the latch won't run freely in and out.

Deadbolt Is Stuck

The chances are good that the bolt is having a hard time finding the throat in the strike plate. Be sure the strike plate is secure and in reasonable alignment with the bolt. You can file the edges of the strike plate a little, and even slightly round the edges of the deadbolt's end. If this doesn't work, you'll probably have to remove the strike plate, fill the screw holes with glue and wood matchsticks, reposition it properly, and rescrew it in.

Key Is Broken Off in Lock

Use needle-nose or long-nose pliers to extract a broken key.
Using pliers, try to grip and pull the key straight out. If you can't get a grip even with needle-nose pliers, cut off a coping saw blade and, with the teeth pointed outward, insert the blade into the keyway and try to hook and drag the key out. As a last resort, remove the cylinder. Insert a stiff wire into the cam slot at the back of the cylinder and push the key out. Or take the cylinder to a locksmith.
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Make sure latch isn't biding and going all The way into the latch plate if the latch is up it won't lock ! Make sure it locks while the door is open !

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The lock got flipped on the bedroom door. I am now locked out. The door knob has been removed but I cannot get the mechanism inside the door unlocked. How can I do this?


You are almost there. Take the knob containing the spindle and insert into the latch mechanism. Twist it and the lock button will pop out. Open the door. Put everything back together. NOTE: I just confirmed this using a lock mechanism in front of me as I answered this.

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I have fitted a door knob to bedroom door. This lock has a key. The problem is that I cannot lock the door and go out as it does not lock. The key seems to release the latch when the knob is depressed...


hello joan. check to be sure that the door properly latches when it opens and closes with out locking it at all. sometimes the latch does not easily and freely go into the latch hole as the latch hole needs to be adjusted. joe

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Bath room door knob is locked. How do I unlock it?


Remove outer knob with push pin, unscrew fromm door and remove there is a pin latch in side (looks like a loop of wire ) flip to top or bottom will matter if left or right hand door.

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I have a glass door knob (I do not know that manufacturer for this.) I do not have the latch for it. It only came with a gray plastic piece. I purchased a schlage spring latch replacement part for this,...


I am thinking that the knobs and the lock have the same size of square metal shaft. You can try out a good hardware store for some square stock metal. This might be an easy fix. If the lock shaft size is actually smaller than the knob, you can cut some small strips of tin to shim the 4 sides of the shaft that goes into the knob.
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How do I remove a door lock that uses a drive in latch instead of the normal faceplate latch. Tried everything and I can't slide the bolt out with the drive in latch attached to it.


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My door handle came apart and now I have the pieces and don't know how to put them back together. Kwikset, chelsea door handle.


I assume the latch mechanism is still intact... the piece on the edge of the door that locks inside the strike plate when the door is shut -- if that's the case the only thing left to do is align the two knobs, one on iether side of the door, making sure the shaft goes thru the latch mechanism properly (it only fits thru one way) and then sandwich it tightly to the door and tighten it together with a phillips head screwdriver... some kwikset locks require you to turn one of the knobs to get the bolt heads to seat properly.

I'm not familiar with the chelsea model but they are all very similar... if you have more than the 2 knobs with a long shaft on one then chances are the solution above does not apply... you probably will have a knob with shaft and then a flat plate with holes, a finished plate and a plain knob... in this case align the knob and shaft thru the latch mechanism, place the plate with holes on the other side of the door and twist it slightly so the bolt heads lock in and tighten the bolts to the plate... now snap the finished plate over that and push the knob over the exposed shaft that remains... you'll need a flat head screw driver to lock the knob on where a small spring loaded piece fits into a cutout on the handle...

that's about the best I can explain it.

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Try taking the knob out of the door and spraying the whole latching mechanism with WD40 or some kind of lubricant. There is a few moving parts in there that can get bound up. Hope this helps. Don't forget to leave feed back.

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